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Father bottle feeding his baby infant formula
My wife Louise had a very healthy first pregnancy. Aside from the expected nausea and morning sickness (which was more like morning, noon and night sickness) in her first trimester, and some heartburn towards her due date, it was a glowing and happy pregnancy. She had been trying to...
Baby drinking milk from a bottle
More than three years ago, just after my baby was born, I happily signed the consent form in the hospital, giving the nurses permission to feed my baby a bottle of formula. It is something I did guilt-free with my son in that same hospital 10 years ago and,...
Stacked, chocolate and oat lactation cookies beside a glass of milk
Homoeopath and doula, Dr Taryn Turner shares her lactation cookie recipe to help moms who worry about their breast milk supply and their baby’s nutritional needs. Ingredients 1 cup self-raising wholemeal flour ½ tsp. baking powder ½ cup butter (or coconut oil) ½ to ¾ cup brown sugar (or sugar substitute) 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed 1...
Chinese mother lying in bed, looking down at her small baby, thinking about how to increase breast milk supply.
Whenever I breastfed one of my four children, or returned from a lactation consult with a new mom, I’d joke to my husband that if I could invent a flow meter for breast milk, I’d be a millionaire. Worries about milk supply are front and centre in a new...
mother-breastfeeding-her-baby-in-lightly-lit-nursery-smiling-and-bonding-with-child
Breastfeeding and sleep are thought to be part of two different worlds. Many people will tell you that your child won’t be able to sleep through the night until you stop breastfeeding. Tell that to my daughter who was breastfed until she was 12 months old, and slept through...
baby-in-highchair-ready-to-start-weaning-onto-solids-happy-smile-holding-spoon
With a chuckle, an old school friend of mine confessed that when he was a teenager he would try to destroy his best mate’s chances with the chicks by casually slipping this statement into conversation as soon as his friend was out of earshot. "Um … you know he was...
mother-with-gestational-diabetes-making-healthy-food-in-kitchen-with-baby-and-child
Gestational diabetes is a specific type of diabetes that occurs in pregnancy. Once you’ve had gestational diabetes, your risk of having it again in your next pregnancy is higher. So too is your lifetime chance of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The good news is taking steps such as...
premature-baby
Our sweet, tenacious daughter was born on 6 May 2016 at 26 weeks gestation – 14 weeks too soon – and tipping the scales at a mere 620g. She was delivered via an emergency C-Section at 7:30am due to my preeclampsia (diagnosed at 22 weeks) progressing into HELLP syndrome. We...
mom-with-newborn-baby
“It would be easy, they said.” “What is there to it? Just feed them and let them sleep.” “I can’t wait to dress it up in cute little outfits and take Anne Geddes inspired photos ALL day long!” “They are so cute you just want to cuddle all day.” “I am never going...
choice-to-breastfeed-or-formula-feed
In honour of Human Rights Month in March, meet ethicists who are worried that the government’s pro-breastfeeding policies impinge on certain constitutionally guaranteed freedoms – and another ethicist plus a nutrition academic who disagree. Legislation around our food is governed in South Africa by the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act...
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